The latest rumor is the Amazon tablet will appear in late September or October, in perfect timing for another gonzo ereader Christmas.
Excerpts from the New York Post:
Amazon is poised to enter the tablet fray with an Android-powered tablet in late September or October, a source with knowledge of the plans said yesterday.
The device will sell for hundreds less than the entry-point $499 iPad, a feat few tablet makers have accomplished, the source said.
Amazon is considered one of the few credible threats to Apple and has been willing to sell its electronics at a loss in hopes of generating more digital media purchases.
“If Amazon is particularly aggressive on pricing, that could be a trigger for many players to rethink the sales price of tablets,” said Charles King, the lead analyst at Pund-IT.
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ITG Investment Research said that tablets running Google’s Android are starting to chip away at Apple’s iPad marketshare, and price will be key to further erosion.
“We expect to see more and more lower-end, more-affordable Android devices enter the marketplace, which should further allow Android to increase its share,” said Tony Berkman, CEO of ITG.
The pressure is on to build cheaper handheld devices, not just tablets but smartphones.
Link to the rest at The New York Post